Have you been house hunting recently and visited new builds? Does it feel like the kitchens are getting smaller? Well, you wouldn’t be the only one.
According to a new report, kitchens are in fact getting smaller.
We eat out more than ever before, especially in London, so the demand for family sized kitchens has decreased in new build properties where shrinking kitchens is most apparent. This also extends to conversions of once the privately owned terraced properties.
Post-war kitchens in new builds from the 1960s averaged around 95 square feet, or around 8.8 square meters. These days that numbers has dropped significantly in new builds to around 69 square feet or 6.5 square meters. Just to put that into context, that’s about the size of those downstairs toilets you see in 3/4 bed houses. A good bit of space to be giving up.
As preparing meals has changed considerably over the last century, the requirements of the modern kitchen has changed drastically. What has started to happen is that developers have realised they can install linear kitchens into the general living space and call it open plan living and dining.
Kitchen diners have become all the rage, as has open plan living in general, and it begs the question as to whether kitchens will remain the critical selling point of a property that it traditionally has been. As living space becomes a premium, needlessly large kitchens could even be a turn off. Kitchens too small to host a large family but not big enough 4 or 5 people could stand in it will be considered unoptimised space.
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